Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Testing, testing: Cashmerette Turner Dress

Today I've got my tester version of the brand new Cashmerette pattern, the Turner Dress, to share with you!

The Cashmerette Turner Dress is a skater-style knit dress with a lovely v-neck, flared skirt and multiple sleeve length options. The bodice is lined, resulting in a smooth, clean-finished neckline.

We tested this pattern a long time ago (check out my old hair in these photos!), so I am stretching to remember all the sewing details! It's been a tough one to keep a secret...!

For my tester version, I went with a ponte de roma for my main fabric, with a thin swimsuit-esque lining to line my bodice. You might remember this ponte from my Seamwork Astoria and my unwearable-until-I-fix-it My Image Elsa sweater.

The lining fabric is perfect for this dress since it's thin and has one-way stretch. However, it doesn't really work for swimwear, as I found out the hard way. I figured the one-way stretch in the lining would work well for the Turner because it would help keep the bodice from stretching out from the weight of the skirt- it worked perfectly! I ended up understitching the neckline to ensure the unattractive nude-colored lining didn't roll to the outside.

I made my usual Cashmerette size, 14 C/D graded to 16 at the waist/hip. I probably could have done with a straight size 14 because of the ease in the skirt...

Also, somehow my waistline got a teeny bit stretched out while sewing, but I think that's user error.

The Turner is such a simple and satisfying pattern. I love the shape of the v-neck, it's comfy to wear, will look good in lots of different fabrics... what's not to love?!